WHAT IS VANIQA?
Eflornithine HCL 13.9% is the only cream licensed for the treatment of excessive facial hair and hirsutism in women. The branded name of this medication is Vaniqa, which is manufactured by Almirall.
HOW DOES VANIQA CREAM WORK?
Vaniqa works under the skin to stop growth of hair roots by blocking an essential enzyme involved in this process known as ornithine decarboxylase. This results in slower growth of the hair follicle and improves appearance. Is it important to understand that Vaniqa cream works to slow growth of unwanted facial hair, it does not act to remove excessive hair.
HOW DO I USE VANIQA CREAM?
Vaniqa cream should be applied twice daily at least 8 hours apart. The cream should be applied to clean, dry skin and rubbed in thoroughly. You should not wash your face for at least 4 hours after application. Cosmetics (including sunscreen) may be applied over the treated area after 5 minutes of applying Vaniqa cream. Vaniqa should only be used on the face and under the chin as these are the only areas that it has been proved to be effective.
When Vaniqa is used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments such as threading or plucking, the cream should be applied 5 minutes after completing the cosmetic hair removal otherwise skin stinging or irritation may occur. Continuous application of this cream is essential for best results, as symptoms may return to pre-treatment levels within 8 weeks of stopping treatment. Patients should ensure they wash their hands thoroughly following application of Vaniqa.